There are so many fun and delicious ways to escape the summer heat. Take a quick dip in the pool. Chow down on chocolate chip cookie dough glass. Eat way too much watermelon.
Sometimes the heat finds ways to reach you, such as when your air conditioner breaks down. Stay with us so you know what to do when this happens (and so that your house does not feel like a desert).
Get out of the house (What to do with the windows?)
Your AC stops working and you call a plumbing company immediately. They say it takes a few hours for someone to come out and help you.
You can not always leave your house, but it is a good first option. Contact a friend or family member to see if you can stay with them for a while.
Some people panic when their air conditioning stops working. They run through the house, shoot up windows and put fans in them.
If you do this during the day, you can let cool air out and warm air move in! Opening the windows only makes sense when it is night or cool outside.
So it is a good idea to leave the windows down if your air conditioner breaks during the day.
Let the pros handle it
Do not let your pride convince you to tackle the problem yourself.
You should have a certified plumbing technician fix your air conditioning because:
- You can cancel the warranty by trying to make repairs.
- You probably do not have the right parts lying around.
- You can shock yourself if you do not know what you are doing.
- If you do not know what you are doing, you do not have a good chance of diagnosing and fixing the problem.
Leave your freezer and refrigerator closed
“A ha!”; you might think. I hang hard and open the freezer and the fridge. I’ll set up a fan and pump the sweet, cold air through the house. ”
Fixing the fridge and freezer can cost more than AC repairs. It’s not worth the risk!
When you leave the refrigerator open, you burn up electricity. You can also load the compressor unit extra and make it overheat. It can cost you between $ 200 and $ 450 to fix, according to HomeAdvisor.
Freezer repairs range from $ 90 to $ 650. If you leave the freezer and fridge open for too long, the food will deteriorate, and you will have to pay for another batch of food.
Turn on the fans and consider a portable AC device
Turn on the fans to circulate the cool air left in the house.
Do you have a portable AC device? Remember to have some of them on hand for emergencies.
If your main unit breaks, you can roll in a portable AC unit to keep the rooms cool until help arrives.
Think about how you use the appliance
Now is not the best time to test your baking skills. The heat from your oven will hang in your house and make life miserable while you wait for repairs.
Use the microwave for cooking. Wash the dishes in the sink instead of using the dishwasher. Turn off the lights as they also emit heat.
Stay cool with a wet towel
Take a towel and run it under cold water. Then wrap it around your neck. This is a quick and easy way to cool off.
Talk to your local Pekin insurance agent about adding equipment protection to your home insurance.
For only $ 20 per year, equipment outages cover up to $ 50,000 for accidental breakdown of permanently connected equipment * such as central air conditioning, ovens, heat pumps and more.